'Sine Ta Lone' mangoes, melons and banana sweetness
One of the highest altitude village in the region, Bant Sawk village with only 180 tons only started making specialty coffee 2 year back.
Fed up with secretly producing opium for druglords while being prosecuted by authorities on the one hand, and selling poorly processed coffee to brokers and middlemen on the other, the Hopong farmers took a major leap of faith and fully embraced specialty coffee to become truly independent. Incredibly, they learned through social media that neighbouring communities were producing specialty sundried natural coffee with help from Winrock, an NGO. With loads of commitment and inquisitiveness, they managed to learn from these other communities how to elevate quality, secure better incomes and gain visibility in the international specialty coffee market - all with hardly any outside funding or training.
Cherries are hand picked by Pa-O ethnic people in the early hours of the day. Once collection is finished, members delivers cherries to Hopong drying stations. On delivery, cherries are screened and handpicked to about 95% cherry ripeness level. Fully ripe cherries are then placed on raised beds. Slow drying is a priority and drying times range between 13-17 days depending on weather conditions.
This coffee has very interesting of 'mango' sweetness and aroma with an honey like body to match and lingers pleasantly.
Available in limited quantity as whole year's harvest has already been sold!
|Altitude||1,714 m above sea level|